Levy et al identified risk factors associated with increased mortality in a patient with chronic pancreatitis. The authors are from Hopital Beaujon in Clichy and Hopital Antoine Beclere in Clamart, France.


Patient selection: adult with chronic pancreatitis


Risk factors for increased mortality:

(1) male gender

(2) diabetes mellitus (indicative of pancreatic endocrine insufficiency)

(3) surgical procedure (associated with postoperative mortality)

(4) continued drinking with ongoing alcoholic liver disease


Factors associated with decreased mortality:

(1) one or more attacks of acute pancreatitis (which may be associated with an increased likelihood of alcohol abstinence)


A patient with chronic pancreatitis should:

(1) abstain from alcohol

(2) avoid any unnecessary surgery


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